San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow has prevailed in his personal injury lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lawyers for Stow, who suffered brain damage after a brutal beating by two Dodgers fans at Dodger's Stadium on opening day in 2011, were able to show that the team's negligence was at least partially responsible for his injuries, Reuters reports.
So how much will Stow receive, and how much of that will be paid by the Dodgers? Here are three things you should know about the verdict:
- The Dodgers were found 25 percent liable for Stow's pain and suffering. Jurors found that the two men convicted of beating Stow were each 37.5 percent responsible for his pain and suffering, while the team was found to be 25 percent liable. Jurors awarded $4 million for pain and suffering, meaning the team is on the hook for $1 million; his attackers will have to pay $3 million between them.
- The Dodgers were found fully liable for Stow's economic damages. Despite being found only 25 percent liable for Stow's pain and suffering, the team's negligence was found to be a substantial factor in causing Stow's injuries (meaning it wasn't the only factor, but could have been sufficient to cause his injuries by itself); Stow blamed the Dodgers for lax security that he claimed created an unsafe environment at the stadium. Thus, the team will be responsible for all of Stow's economic losses -- i.e., lost wages and medical bills -- which the jury valued at $14 million. Stow had asked for $37 million for economic damages, including future college expenses for his two children.
- Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was not found liable. Stow's lawsuit also named then-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt as a defendant, arguing he was partly responsible for the stadium's lax security. But jurors declined to find McCourt, who sold the team in 2012, personally liable.
The jury also cleared Stow of any culpability in causing his own injuries, which could have diminished the amount of his $18 million total award. Defense lawyers had claimed that Stow was intoxicated and may have partly instigated the attack, Reuters reports.
- Injured? Exercise your legal rights. Get in touch with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area today.
- Dodgers Found Partly Liable in Brutal Beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow (Los Angeles Times)
- Bryan Stow Beating Lawsuit: Dodgers, Attackers to Pay $18M (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)
- Bryan Stow and Family Sue LA Dodgers & Frank McCourt (FindLaw's Courtside)
- Bryan Stow Lawsuit: Family Blames Dodgers for Brutal Beating (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)